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Module E - Creating Interesting Descending Bass Lines by EAR
One of the skills that solo pianists need is to be able to
play descending bass lines. Descending bass lines that move down half step or whole step in an octave span
create a romantic mood. To be able to do this, you need to know what
kind of chord progressions can be easily played with a descending bass line, and to acquire the skills to actually play such bass lines.
Do you know that certain chord progressions can be played beautifully with descending bass lines?
Once you know what these progressions are
and you recognize them in songs, you can freely play these
descending bass lines on the fly. These progressions will allow
you to resolve smoothly down by either half step or whole step as you
descend the bass. There is no need to memorize any fingering. You can create and play these stepwise descending bass lines by ear
Stepwise descending bass lines create dreamy sounds. You can either descend by diatonic scale tones or by chromatic
tones. Learn also the technical skill of "Smooth Voice Leading"
so that you can move smoothly from one chord to another by using 7th
chord inversions. I will show you some neat finger tricks to move
quickly from one 7th chord to another. When you are able to do
this effortlessly, your piano arrangement will sound very musical.
One way to end a song is to make use of "half step"
descending bass lines. Surprise your audience with a Jazzy twist by
ending your songs differently. Learn to use tritone chord substitution and play upper structure in
the Right Hand to get beautiful voicings for this progression.
In 6 weeks, you will learn these skills:
Create Diatonic Descending Bass Lines
Create Half Step Descending Bass Lines with 7th Chords
Play a Jazzy Chord Ending Progression
Understand Tritone Chord Substitution
Apply Upper Structure Technique on the RH
Apply Voice Leading in the 6251 progression by using Descending 7th Chords
Apply Voice Leading following the Circle of 5th by using Descending 7th Chords
LH Finger Exercises for 1st & 2nd Inversions for all 12 Major 7 Chords
LH Finger Exercises for 1st & 2nd Inversions for all 12 Minor 7 Chords
LH Finger Exercises for 1st & 2nd Inversions for all 12 Dominant 7 Chords
A Neat Finger Trick to Identify the 2nd Inversion of 7th Chords
Song Segments used in Module E:
Amazing Grace 3/4
Fly Me to the Moon 3/4
Londonderry Air (Ending) 4/4
Moon River 3/4
19 Instructional Videos
1 hour 45 minutes
7 Secrets Module E: Creating Interesting Bass Lines by EAR
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